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Graduate Course Measuring Science



The course is designed as a general, interdisciplinary part of the Leiden University Master of Science (M.Sc.) programs in a very wide range of disciplines, particularly in the natural sciences, the bio-medical fields, economics, social and behavioral sciences. The level is at the last year of the M.Sc., but also Ph.D. students in all fields of science with a strong interest in quantitative aspects of modern science and technology will benefit from the course.

Course objectives

The aim of the course is to provide a serious grounding in all aspects of quantitative analysis of science and technology. The emphasis will be on understanding in depth the various bibliometric and patent analysis approaches. It is intended that each approach should be understood within the overall context of the present development of science and technology and particularly of knowledge communication practices in science, particularly the role of the Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar and Open Access.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and practical work.

Assessment method

Written exam.

Reading list

See for further information Graduate Course.


Graduate Course